Obituaries

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McLean, Garfield Allan

July 3, 1956 – August 17, 2017
at the age of 61 years

Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug 27th from 12-4 pm at Canoe Victory hall on 51st N.E. in Canoe

Garfield Allan Mclean age 61, sadly passed away on August 17th, 2017 at his home from a long battle with cancer, with his daughter by his side. Garfield was born in Williams Lake, British Columbia on July 3rd, 1956 raised by mother Leona Marguerite McCrea and father Allan Blair Mclean. Garfield lived most of his life in Salmon Arm raising his loving children Rayel and Jeremy McLean with partner Judy Mclean. He worked at Drew Saw Mill in Malakwa, BC for 30 years retiring in 2008. He enjoyed spending time with his three brothers Greg, Glen and Geno Mclean and sister Deanna Mclean. A fighter until the very end, Garfield regrettably leaves behind his siblings, nieces, nephews, two children and six grandchildren Mikah, Kaden, Jace, Lincoln, Gracie, and Lukas. Celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug 27th from 12-4 pm at Canoe Victory hall on 51st N.E. in Canoe. Doors are open to any one who wants to share their condolences.

Rabie, Anna Mary

March 14, 1935 – August 16, 2017
at the age of 82 years

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 26, 11 am, at Fischer’s Funeral Services with Ann Meakes officiating.

 We are  saddened to announce the death of our oldest sister, Anna Rabie,  (age 82), at Hillside Village on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  Anna was born on March 14, 1935 in Salmon Arm B.C., to George and Louise Rabie.  Anna was predeceased in 1966 by her brother John, her father George in 1996 and mother, Louise, in 2005.  Her siblings left to mourn are her brothers: Art and Allan Rabie of Salmon Arm, her sisters: Kay (Earl) Mellish of Williams Lake and Clara (Elton) Anderson of Salmon Arm.

Anna started school at the age of 5 and spent her growing up years at Balmoral and Sorrento.  Following her graduation from high school in Salmon Arm, she worked in the Bank of Commerce until she was old enough to join the Air Force in 1954.  Anna trained as a radio operator, one of the first women in Canada to achieve this goal, and gained marked distinction in attaining the highest standing in her class.

After spending two terms being stationed in Trenton, Ontario and Whitehorse, Yukon, Anna left the Air Force, went to business school and spent many years as a secretary in Kamloops, Vancouver and finally in Williams Lake.  Before retiring, she spent many hours as a dedicated volunteer and a valued employee of the Legion in Williams Lake.

 Anna was always a very creative, fun loving person.  Some of her hobbies were making flower arrangements, doing needle work and making afghans. She enjoyed dancing and music and could tell a good story or two.  Her pass times included reading and writing and her home was filled with books on many interesting topics.

In the year 2000, Anna moved to Salmon Arm to help care for her mother, but she, herself, was not in good health and was always trying to improve her diet and work through her pain. In Salmon Arm she joined the Spiritualist Church and made many good friends there.  Being a very sociable person, she truly loved Friday mornings at the Seniors Resource Center Day Away program and Sunday mornings with her church friends.

 The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Wood and Dr. Jones, all of the community care workers who assisted her in her home,  the Kristensens for their loving care at Marion’s Cottage in Sorrento, and all of the friendly and caring staff  at Hillside Village.

In leau of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

Rusnak, Violet “Vi” Victoria

August 18, 1936 – August 10, 2017
at the age of 80 years

It is with great sadness that the family of Violet “Vi” Victoria Rusnak announce her passing on August 10, 2017.

Vi leaves behind her husband John of 60 years of marriage, sons Darcy (Cindy) from Whitehorse, Yukon, Brad (Karen) from Drumheller, Alberta and Trevor from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Vi was predeased by her son Russell.

Born in Gorlitz, Saskatchewan John and Vi moved to Kitimat, BC about 1955 or 1956. They moved to Salmon Arm in 1968 and called this home since then.

Vi enjoyed attending the many baseball and hockey games that her sons played in. She also ensured family and friends visiting were well fed with delicious homemade Ukrainian food.

Vi will be dearly missed by her family and many, many friends.

A celebration of life for Vi was held on the family property in Salmon Arm, BC on Monday, August 14th.

Ellingsen, Norman Elliot

June 10, 1929 – August 11, 2017
at the age of 88 years

The family invites you to a Celebration of Life with music and memoirs to be held at: Salmon Arm Elks Hall, 3690 30th St.NE, Salmon Arm, BC. Sunday September 10, 1:30 p.m. Luncheon to follow.

It is with great sadness we must announce that Norman, after a long, healthy and active life of 88 years, has passed away following a brief but difficult battle with pneumonia. 

He leaves to mourn:  his loving wife of 67 years – Lily, two daughters – Valerie (Mel Hiney) and Audrey (Dave McElheran), four grandchildren – Bryan, Karen, Lisa, Blair and spouses, five great-grandchildren,  plus many dear friends.

To honour Norm’s life we shall try to replace our sadness and grief with treasured memories of a life well lived.  

 

 

Riddle, Franklin “Frank” Clair

January 09, 1938 – December 30, 2016
at the age of 78 years
Frank’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 1 to 5 pm at the farm–102 Davy Rd.–in Mara. The family invites you to celebrate his life and share memories.
Frank passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Shuswap Lake Hospital, Salmon Arm, BC, on December 30, 2016. He was born in Fairview, Alberta on January 9, 1938. 
He spent his early years in Carstairs, AB. the in 1962 he and his family moved to Armstrong, BC until 1980 when he purchased the family farm in Mara, BC where he lived the rest of his life.

Johnny, Caroline Frances


August 7, 1939 – July 29, 2017
at the age of 77 years

Funeral Service:  Thursday, August 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services
Wake:  Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m., Pierre’s Point Hall